Created by : David and Alex Pastor.
With : Alexandre Willaume, Katharine O'Donnelly, John Lynch, Laura Bach, Tomohisa Yamashita and Álvaro Morte.
Format : 6 episodes of about 50 minutes each.
Broadcast : from this Thursday, September 24 on Canal +.
At the Polaris VI research station in Antarctica, summer is coming to an end and winter is about to begin. A harsh winter since the sun is not going to show for six months. Johan Berg, leader of the summer team, leaves the premises, leaving behind his wife and his colleagues and friends. Six months later, when he returned to the scene, he discovered that a tragedy had taken place: 7 people died, two were missing and one survived. With his help, Johan will try to trace the thread of events.
The Head trailer with Alvaro Morte
An effective thriller à la Agatha Christie
While autumn is slowly but surely settling in France, Canal + sends us directly to the polar cold of Antarctica with The Head . The first thing to emphasize – and to applaud – is that this international series is the result of a collaboration between Spain and Japan (via HBO Asia and Hulu Japan) which goes beyond the borders of the two countries. Indeed, it was shot in English, Danish and Swedish mainly and features an eclectic cast from all over like the British Katharine O'Donnelly, the Dane Alexandre Willaume, the Irish John Lynch, the Japanese Tomohisa Yamashita or the Spaniard Álvaro Morte. If the actor of La Casa de Papel has been particularly highlighted for the promotion of the series, he only plays a secondary role in The Head . This international cast brings a nice freshness to the series especially if – like us – you are more used to American series in which we tend to see and see the same faces again.
If, at first glance, we might have thought that The Head had a fantastic Helix-like twist in store for us, this is actually not the case at all. Very quickly, we realize that we are more faced with a thriller à la ” They were ten “, one of the major works of Agatha Christie. As in the book, the dead will be linked in the Polaris VI station and everyone will be suspected of having committed the crimes. Via its narration, divided between the “present” in which Johan tries to find out what happened with the testimony of a survivor, and the “past” and via its dismal atmosphere, The Head is an intriguing series that distills its revelations over its six episodes. Only six episodes, this also allows the series to keep a steady pace, with almost no downtime. It may not be reinventing the genre and delivering a long-awaited ending, but The Head is a gripping series.
In short : Despite an end that was a bit over the top, The Head is an effective and fast-paced international thriller carried by convincing actors and whose story will not leave you indifferent.
The Head: our opinion on the series